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How to choose a gym you’ll actually use

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I’ve been on a bit of a fitness journey over the last few months. After the physiotherapist told me to stop jogging last year, I came to the conclusion it wasn’t doing me any good anyway. For every couple of minutes of jogging, there would … [read more]

A day trip to Shakespeare’s England

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We all need a break from our routines once in a while. In my opinion, none more so than my sister, whose world was turned upside down by the death of her husband earlier this year. I invited her away for a short break, so … [read more]

10 top tips for budding gardeners

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I know I’ve said it before, but I kill plants. I don’t intentionally set out to kill, but that is the result – every time. My parents bought me a big green thing in a pot (don’t ask me for names) for my last birthday, which … [read more]

An ordinary life: the best plot there is

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How do you write a biography about an unnamed person, who you’ve never met and who seems to have discarded their life’s work, in a skip? That was the question addressed by Alexander Masters, author of A Life Discarded, at last week’s book launch. Alexander … [read more]

A restorative weekend in the New Forest

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I’ve just returned from a relaxing weekend with my oldest friend, a rare event indeed. The last time we were away together without partners or kids was in 1990, when we spent a week with a group of Mormon lads in Turkey. The Mormon bit … [read more]